Albany Surprises

Monday, August 19, 2013

state capitol Capitol building in Albany (Karen DeWitt/WXXI)

Bill Mahoney, research coordinator at NYPIRG, talks about some of the surprises in the end-of-session legislative flurry that are just now getting attention and how campaign finance reform might change the process.


Bill Mahoney

Comments [4]

Jude Foly from Loa Angeles, Calif.

"The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money
began to play an important part in determining elections. Later
on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And
then to the army, and finally the republic was subjected to the
rule of emperors." --Plutarch

Please click & sign to join our attempt to reverse this

Aug. 19 2013 06:19 PM
pete from NJ

Albany/Washington law makers don't read the bills they vote on? Isn't that their job???
What exactly are they doing? "Glad handing" to raise funds to keep themselves in office in order to not do the peoples work! What a travesty.

Aug. 19 2013 10:59 AM

Campaign finance reform, to adopt public financing of elections, at the state AND national level, is our only chance to save our democracy.

Aug. 19 2013 10:58 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Isn't combing through bills for "surprises" 1 of the things legislators' staffs are supposed to do? And couldn't there be a way to alert them when a new amendment is submitted so they can look at what it says?

Aug. 19 2013 10:56 AM

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